(WASHINGTON) – Thursday, Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) announced he will serve as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel during the 117th Congress. Rep. Banks replaces Rep. Trent Kelly (MS-1) as Ranking Member.
This will be Rep. Banks’ third consecutive term serving on the Armed Services Committee.
“I’m incredibly honored to be selected for a position that allows me to work on behalf of our troops and their families. I pledge to fight to improve their health care, educational options, financial stability, and safety,” said Banks. “It’s a lofty goal, but my hope is that the Subcommittee’s work will measure up to the enormous sacrifices military families make every day to protect America and our freedoms. I can’t think of a group more deserving of Congress’s time and effort.”
“Rep. Banks knows first-hand the sacrifices our service members and their families make to defend our nation,” said Armed Services Ranking Member Mike Rogers. “I know he will ensure they are well taken care of through his work as Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee.”
Military Personnel Subcommittee Issue Areas
- Military pay including benefits, allowances, and retirements.
- TRICARE, the military health system, serving 9.4 million beneficiaries.
- COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics for the military.
- Military justice issues and personnel policy.
- Education and training for U.S. service members.
Rep. Banks was also named to the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.
In addition to the Armed Service Committee, Rep. Banks serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Rep. Banks was also elected to serve on the Republican Steering Committee, which is responsible for assigning other Republican members to House committees. Rep. Banks was also chosen to lead the Republican Study Committee for the 117thCongress—the largest group of conservative lawmakers in Congress.